Alexandria - The Last Nights of Cleopatra by Peter Stothard

By Peter Stothard

Whilst Peter Stothard, editor of the days Literary complement, unearths himself stranded in Alexandria within the iciness of 2010 after his flight to South Africa has been cancelled, he units out to discover a state close to revolution. Guided by means of local Egyptians, Stothard strains his personal life-long curiosity within the heritage of Cleopatra, and his repeated failure to put in writing the booklet approximately her that he had consistently sought after to.

In Alexandria, half memoir and half trip literature, Stothard was once the attractions and sounds of the traditional urban to reconnect with the formative reports of his youth schooling, and his literary profession. depression and infrequently funny, Alexandria deals a first-hand glimpse into the fracturing police nation of Hosni Mubarak, prior to the rebellion in Tahir sq. replaced every thing.

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I can go there again. The Aeneid was the epic that Rome’s first emperor, Octavian who called himself Augustus, hoped would expunge the memory of Cleopatra, a figure whom he made a symbol of everything he was against. The Egyptian queen was, in this version, a seductress, an oriental, a capricious autocrat who melted pearls in wine. Her conqueror intended Virgil’s poem as a victory speech, proof that Alexandria had been defeated and true Roman virtues made triumphant. But immediately I am bidden to stop.

Why was Peter not out with Maurice, the bank manager’s son? Why was he always stuck in that box room? And where exactly did everyone go on holiday? Summer was the great unequaliser. On the North Sea coast, only thirty-or-so miles away, the skies were known equally to all masters of air defence and to their sons who watched wheeling gulls and weightless terns above cold brown waves. But the beaches beneath were crisply divided. Clacton, Walton and Frinton were significantly different. We always went to Walton-on-the-Naze, the middling one of the three, which had the widest concrete esplanades where children could ride bikes.

I will be with them in a few minutes. There are limits to being led by unknown guides. So, to take a breath and end where I began, with Book Seven of the poem: Aeneas and his followers have newly arrived in Italy after their troubled odyssey from Troy. With good reason the sailors are anxious about their futures, reluctant to let go of their past. Some of them have already set fire to their ships in order that they might stop somewhere, anywhere. Dido of Carthage, Cleopatran temptress and corrupter, has burnt herself to death.

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